Drive Ahead

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Invasive, one-note racer gets frustrating very fast.

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Ease of Play

Game is challenging, though controls are easy to learn. 

Violence & Scariness

Point of game is to crush opponent's head with a vehicle. But because game uses pixelated graphics, there's no blood or gore. 

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Consumerism

Players can watch video ads for more in-game credits and/or pay real money for additional vehicles. Heavily pushes recorded videos of play to be posted to social media sites.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Drive Ahead is an action driving game for iOS and Android device. The object of the gameplay is to crush the helmets of your opponents with your vehicle. The game uses pixelated graphics, so while the theme is rather graphic, there's no violent content, such as blood or gore. The game moderately pushes video ads on players and heavily urges players to record each gameplay session, supposedly for replays, but it also encourages posting these clips on social media sites. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In DRIVE AHEAD, players maneuver a wide variety of vehicles against the game's artificial intelligence, friends on the same device, or in the same room (via Wi-Fi). The point of the game is to try to crush each other's heads with those cars. Adding to the danger of these races is the fact that the environment is also littered with landmines and other obstacles. Players can also earn points by making opponents die from those. The first to win five rounds wins the game, earning cash that can be used to add more cars to your garage. 

Is it any good?

Crushing heads can be a headache in this racing game, especially because it really tests your patience and how much you're willing to put up with from a game. While Drive Ahead has some fun qualities, it's also very invasive (asking every round for permission to record the on-screen action even after you've said no) and often frustrating. The core concept isn't a bad one, even if it's a bit violent. But despite the variety of vehicles and tracks, it still feels very much like you're doing the same thing again and again. And, as you advance further in the game, the AI becomes especially hard to defeat, which adds to the list of frustrations. Playing against a friend, whether on the same device or in the same room via Wi-Fi, is a much more satisfying experience, but ultimately, the repetition in Drive Ahead bogs things down as well. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Drive Ahead affected by the pixelated graphics? Would the impact be more significant if the graphics were more detailed?

  • Why do you think the game wants to record footage? Do you think it's to promote your gameplay, or to promote the game through your social media channels?

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